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Can “Double Jeopardy” be a loophole for murder?

Hypothetical facts: A is tried and acquitted for the murder of B. B was only presumed dead but was actually alive. After being acquitted for Bs murder, A actually murders B. A is later arrested and ...
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Does the U.S. Fifth Amendment prevent one from being tried again for the same crime?

I have a question about the Fifth Amendment. Imagine I committed a crime but I was acquitted at trial. After some time, some new evidence came up showing that I did do it. Does the Fifth Amendment say ...
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Can someone get protection under Double Jeopardy for a crime by arranging to be put on trial with fake evidence that is then disproven?

Lets say I just killed Bob (I'm doing a lot of that today). The police suspect me but currently have little evidence that I killed Bob. However, I haven't hidden the murder weapon and body well and ...
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What prevents someone from claiming to be the murderer in order to get the real murderer off?

Say someone is on trial for a murder they committed. During the trial, one of the witnesses, a friend of the defendant, admits that it was actually they who were the killer. It seems that this would ...
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Could double jeopardy protect a murderer who bribed the judge and jury to be declared not guilty?

Assume the following hypothetical case: a well-known multi-billionaire is holding an event with lots of invitees, (so there is no doubt about his identity), then in front of many witnesses and live ...
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If I've been prosecuted for a crime by another country can the US prosecute me for the same crime afterwards?

Lets say that I commit a crime in which the USA and another country both have jurisdiction. As an example I, a US citizen, kill Bob, a citizen of country X, while we're located in Antartica. ...
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What is the maximum number of times someone could be tried for a single crime in the USA?

So I know that, despite double jeopardy, it's possible to be tried twice for the same crime, by the state and the federal government. Purely as an act of curiosity I'm wondering how many times one ...
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An enigma regarding double jeopardy laws [duplicate]

I am currently debating this with my friend. So in a hypothetical situation, Person A was falsely accused of a horrible crime, like say, rape or murder. However, Person A was found guilty anyway ...